It depends where you start.
If you start with Aristotle, you won't see Jesus.
* You don't need a telescope, a microscope, or a sniperscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him.
(An aside to brother Eugene - I hope you don't mind me changing your words around a bit, and what are the chances that you would ever read this post. I'm praying that the Lord bless you according to your deeds and very interested in the quality of the reply that comes through you. This would be a confirmation.)
Homework for brother O is to read the whole quality thing, it should be a great topic for discussion. The lights just went on for me. Lots of lights are going on for me.
Today's 'random' is a light.
* Psalm 61 and Mark 16.
Being an engineer I know that it takes many revisions until you get rid of the bugs. If you don't get to the root cause of a problem symtoms will crop up in another form. The root cause is hemlock, so I'm praying for a hemlock free revision.
While we wait for that, we can read other versions because:
* and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them.
The all started because as I read the list of signs that accompany believers in Jesus the only one it seemed Paul was missing was "drinking deadly poison".
So now I can complete the list, here are the links:
* in my name they will cast out demons
* they will speak in new tongues
* they will pick up serpents with their hands
* they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover
and now finally I see:
* and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them;
Paul was in the midst of Greek philosophers, and they couldn't touch him. We have two great philosophic battles raging. One is with the traditions of men, specifically Mohammed. The other is with the academic spirit which masks itself as basic principles or 'science is my religion' but is in fact the spirit of the pagan philosophers. This is the idol of academicians and intellectuals ( specifically: arising from Marxism, 'intellectuals' as that recognisable occupational class consisting of lecturers, teachers, lawyers, journalists, and suchlike. ) . Isn't it ironic that the academic spirit has sold out so many 'intellectuals' to Marxism, the very ideology that seeks to kill them. If they drink the poison, they die.